I was proud to present this problem-solving bill that rights past wrongs and lays a foundation for protecting Minnesota’s land, air, water, and wildlife in the future. By passing this bill, we are making the largest investment into protecting our environment in our state’s history. Whether it’s addressing chronic wasting disease, PFAS chemicals, or emerald ash borer, this legislation makes meaningful progress on issues that previously stalled under a divided government.
I am glad to report that many of this year’s budget bills include provisions I have introduced and presented for our local communities. Earlier this month we passed the Legacy Budget Bill, which included HF 2108, a bill I authored to give $275,000 to the Dakota County Historical Society to improve and upgrade the Lawshe Memorial Museum. I am proud to continue to support the Lawshe Museum as they continue to educate our community and preserve our history for future generations.
The Jobs and Economic Development bill, which was passed this week, includes HF 189, a bill I wrote for a repurposing study for the 1972 American Legion Memorial Library in South St. Paul. I am dedicated to helping ensure that this historic building is preserved and continues to be a place for our community to use and gather in the future.
World Bee Day!
In order to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and the threats they face, the United Nations (UN) has designated May 20th as World Bee Day!
Pollinators are a critical part of our ecosystem and the food we eat. They provide pollination for one-third of the food we eat like fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Pollinator populations in the U.S. have been falling for decades. Pollinator loss poses a significant threat to United States agriculture and the ability of our farmers to feed a growing world population.
I am proud of the work that we are doing in the Minnesota Legislature to protect bees and other pollinators, including provisions like Lawns to Legumes, Highways for Habitats, and Native Lawn Freedom which are being passed by the legislature this session! I encourage you to learn more about World Bee Day and the importance of pollinators here.
Please continue to share your questions, ideas, and feedback throughout the legislative session. You can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 651-296-6828. You can contact my legislative assistant Sam O'Neill at 651-296-3305 or via email at email@example.com.